McAfee & Taft earned top marks in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading business litigation firms and attorneys. In addition, 12 of the firm’s attorneys – the most of any law firm in Oklahoma – were singled out for recognition, 10 named "local litigation stars" and two more named "future stars." McAfee & Taft was recognized as “highly recommended,” reserved for those firms receiving the most mentions by peers and clients, and who were held as dominant in their particular jurisdiction.
Benchmark named Bocock, Burkhardt, Cooper, Hermes, Kenney, Lauderdale, Plumb, Robison, Smith and Todd as “local litigation stars,” which recognizes those attorneys “who were consistently recommended as incontrovertible stars by clients and peers.” Shinn and White were named as "future stars," recognizing those attorneys who were consistently recommended by peer partners, competitors and clients as litigators who are likely to appear as local litigation stars in coming editions.
Benchmark focuses on the U.S. litigation market, with a research team conducting face-to-face interviews around the country with leading legal professionals, in-house counsel and business owners. It is the only guide that does not classify litigation attorneys by strict practice areas, instead pinpointing the best all around “bet-the-company” trial attorneys.